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>>caption: CABRERA (L) & BOESCH
(R) BACK-TO-BACK HOMERED <<
@ COMERICA PARK:
Tiger pitching notched its second
4-hit shutout over the New York
Yankees in as many afternoons and
Detroit beat the Yanks 6-0 in a
The Tigers took the 4-game series 3-1 with the teams trading shutouts in the
final three games, NYY getting a nightcap whitewash in Wednesday's day-night
Tiger ace Justin Verlander bested his Yankee counterpart C.C. Sabathia in
Thursday's set-to. Both pitchers are now 4-2 on the season. JV is now 4-2 lifetime
vs the Yanks. Verlander is 4-2 and Sabathia 3-4 in career mound match-ups against
Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch each solo homered back-to-back and both
doubled for Detroit. Cabrera collected 3-RBI and Boesch scored twice.
Verlander scattered 4-H & 4-W with 4-K in his 6.2-IP and threw 73 strikes among
his 119 pitches. Verlander departed after being hit with a Brett Gardner INF-1B, but
was OK and was scheduled by MGR Jim Leyland to come out after pitching to Gardner
"Mohawks" Joel Zumaya (1.1-IP) and Eddie Bonine (a perfect T-9th) finished the
combined shutout and neither allowing a basehit. Zumaya worked out of a T-8th mini-jam
created by a walk and a Tiger INF error charged to 2Bman Scott Sizemore, although it
was actually a bad throw by SStop Adam Everett which caused the miscue.
Sabathia threw only 79 pitches/55 strikes in his 6-IP and didn't issue a walk, but was
charged with 6-R/6-ER on 9-H with 4-K.
Boesch 1-out doubled to the RCField gap and scored on a 2-out, checked-swing, RBI-1B
by Gerald Laird into short RField for a 1-0/B-2nd Tiger lead.
Cabrera (#8) and Boesch (#3) hit back-to-back solo homeruns with 1-out in the B-4th
to make it 3-0. Cabrera went opposite way to slice a shot seven rows into the seats just
left of the RField tunnel. Boesch pulled down the RField line with a dinger that bounced
off the top of the fence above the 330-foot sign.
Detroit doubled their margin in a 3-R/B-6th. Cabrera hit a 2r2B on a bounce off the
CField wall with none out. Laird 2-out doubled to LField to score Cabrera.
Boesch went 2-for-3 and Johnny Damon, Magglio Ordonez, Cabrera and Laird were all
2-for-4 for Detroit.
Boesch had his big day against Sabathia in the first time the LHand-hitting rookie has
started a big league game against a southpaw pitcher.
Yankee catcher Jorge Posada was 2-for-4 for half the New York hits.
The Yankees were shutout twice in the same series for the first time in 11 years
since May 11--13, 1999 vs the Angels.
The Tigers have won 4-of-6 and the Yankees have lost 4-of-5.
NYY 0-4-0, 11-LOB (L) Sabathia, 4-2
DET 6-11-2, 4-LOB (W) Verlander, 4-2
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "That's a very good team over there...I feel very fortunate
to win the series...[Boesch is] kind of a carefree spirit and really a good kid, and he
swings the bat. He's going to make some outs, but when he hits it, he can do some damage."
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: ""I've had a bunch of matchups against marquee guys
like CC. You just learn to not worry about what they are doing. You go out there and
pitch your game and make your pitches. Hopefully, your team can battle and scratch
across some runs...We capitalized on a couple of mistakes [Sabathia] made. Once that
happens, once you get one or two runs, you can't expect more than that off a guy like
him, so seeing that, it's my job of going out there and shutting them down."
TIGERS LF BRENAN BOESCH: ""I just want to get results to win games. I don't care who's
pitching...I think the biggest thing is getting the win and winning the series. It was a
grind today [following Wednesday's DHeader], and we grinded it out. That's the most
TIGERS CA GERALD LAIRD: "That's a good ballclub over there. They're the world champions.
They come to play every day...Anything that finds a hole [like his checked-swing RBI-1B],
I'll take it...I don't think [Verlander] had his best stuff, but he was good enough to keep us
in the game and put zeroes up there."
YANKEES SP C.C. SABATHIA: "[Verlander] was throwing well today. So I just tried to keep
it where it was at, but wasn't able to do that and he pitched a great game today."
YANKEES DH MARK TEIXEIRA: "[Verlander] was really good. He threw a couple of fastballs
to me at 98 [mph], and he was mixing in his curveball and changeup, which are two plus
pitches. When he can do that, he's going to be pretty difficult to hit."
Cabrera is an amazing 7-for-11 for a .636-BA with 2-HR in his career vs Sabathia.
Boesch has 11-XBH and 16-RBI is his 16 MLB games.
The T-8th scoring decision means Everett remains without an error this year.
NYY SStop Derek Jeter opened Thursday's game with an INF-1B. That was his only
safety of the 4-game series as Jeter went 1-for-17.
Yankees OF Nick Swisher sat out the series finale with tightness in his left biceps and
remains listed as day-to-day.
RHP Ivan Nova made his MLB debut in late relief for the Yanks, yielding 2-H with 1-K
in a pair of scoreless innings.
The Tigers open a 3-game weekend home series vs Bioston Friday night. Detroit's Max
Scherzer (1-3, 6.81-ERA) is scheduled to start vs Clay Buchholz (3-3, 3.82-ERA) of the
Red Sox Friday evening.
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